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Eastern Shore Railroad

 

Eastern Shore Railroad

Eastern Shore Railroad, Inc.
Reporting mark ESHR
Locale Norfolk, Virginia to Pocomoke City, Maryland
Dates of operation 1981–2006
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Cape Charles, Virginia

The Eastern Shore Railroad, Inc. (reporting mark ESHR) was a Class III short-line railroad that began operations in October 1981 on the 96 mile former Virginia and Maryland Railroad line on the Delmarva Peninsula. The line connected Pocomoke City, Maryland, to Norfolk, Virginia, interchanging with Norfolk Southern Railway at both ends.

A rail ferry service was used to span the 26 mile water route across the Chesapeake Bay between Cape Charles, Virginia and Norfolk. Tug boats were contracted to move the two barges (car floats) of 25 and 15 car capacity. This particular car float operation has been in continuous service since April 1885, and is one of only two remaining in the United States (the other being New York New Jersey Rail, LLC).

The Eastern Shore railroad was taken over in February 2006 by Cassatt Management, LLC., and is now operated as the Bay Coast Railroad.

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